The Golden Barn

WAG 1808


This painting is one in a series made by George Clausen between about 1897 and 1921. The series focused on barn interiors and the work that took place there. The artist painted these everyday scenes in ways usually reserved for religous scenes or grand history subjects. This included highlighting the vastness of the barn’s interior and using dramatic lighting to show the nobility and importance of his subject. A preparatory drawing for this painting is also in the Walker’s collection (WAG 6496). This painting was bought from Clausen by the sculptor Hamo Thornycroft. He also used his art to celebrate workers and their labour.